All Things….


I’m taking a class called Christian Ministry for Reconciliation. My small group was given a scripture passage and asked to reflect on it. The scripture for my group was Colossians 1:20-23. Below is the scripture and my reflection:

 

“…and through him (Jesus) God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.

And you who were once estranged and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his fleshly body through death, so as to present you holy and blameless and irreproachable before him…”

 

 

I didn’t see the “if”….

…”if you agree with a certain, particular statement”…

…”if you do this certain act”…

Reconciliation with and from God doesn’t seem to be a bargain. For example: “God will do THIS if you will do THIS.” And we are part of “all things” God’s reconciliation affects. In the church, we seem to talk a lot about “the curse”… “the fall”… Maybe we should start talking more about “the fact” of God’s reconciling action in Christ, and how it does NOT rely on the action of humanity at all.

I know….

Syria…

Newtown…

Climate change…

Political division…

Religious division…

Doesn’t look much like reconciliation. Reconciliation sounds like a lie… a joke… a farce.

But…

What if…

…the world as we see it is the lie? What if it is the farce? What if we would begin to live in the world as if it were reconciled to God? As if we were reconciled to God? As if science were reconciled to God?

Or better yet…

…what if we saw eternity as the reality and time as simply the mirror image of it? Would we still curse the image? Would we still try to withdraw from it? Or would we embrace it? Would we seek the redemption that is in the image? Would we look at it differently…

kindly…

generatively…?

A little further down in the passage, Paul states: “…provided that you continue securely established and steadfast in the faith, without shifting from the hope promised by the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven.”

Can we live in the world in such a way that we acknowledge by our actions that the world, including us, already is reconciled?

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